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    How does smoking make pancreatitis worse?

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    jhharlan


    Tobacco use

    Smoking is one of the most important risk factors for pancreatic cancer. The risk of getting pancreatic cancer is about twice as high among smokers compared to those who have never smoked. Scientists think this may be due to cancer-causing chemicals in cigarette smoke that enter the blood and damage the pancreas. About 20% to 30% of exocrine pancreatic cancer cases are thought to be caused by cigarette smoking. Cigar and pipe smoking also increase risk, as does the use of smokeless tobacco products.

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    Smoking makes every illness worse. It is poisonous to your entire system. For lots of information, click here...


    http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pancreatitis/basics/definition/CON-20028421

    From an article in NEJM Journal Watch, dated February 10, 2012:


    Acute pancreatitis, which is increasing in the U.S. and many other countries, is usually caused by alcohol or gallstones. Alcohol can cause an episode of acute pancreatitis but usually leads to chronic pancreatitis, typically after multiple acute episodes. Recent data from several countries have shown that smoking is an equally potent cause of chronic pancreatitis (JW Gastroenterol Aug 14 2009) and that the combination of alcohol and smoking is particularly toxic.


    Now, investigators have explored the association between cigarette smoking and acute pancreatitis in a prospective, population-based cohort study involving 84,667 individuals in Sweden. Information on smoking history, including duration and frequency (calculated into pack-years) was collected via questionnaire from participants, and acute pancreatitis was identified using a comprehensive, national inpatient register.During a median follow-up of 12 years, 541 patients had a first episode of acute pancreatitis, with 44% attributed to gallstones and 56% to other causes. Smoking was an independent risk factor for nongallstone-related pancreatitis. The risk was highest among current smokers with ≥20 pack-years of smoking compared with never-smokers (relative risk, 2.29; 95% confidence interval, 1.63–3.22). Duration of smoking was a better predictor of increased risk than smoking intensity. Smoking had no effect on the risk for gallstone-related pancreatitis.


    Alcohol use had an additive effect on the risk for nongallstone-related acute pancreatitis among smokers. Among those who consumed ≥400 g monthly (approximately 1 drink daily), current smokers with ≥20 pack-years of smoking had a fourfold higher risk than never-smokers. Elevated risk for nongallstone-related pancreatitis in former smokers persisted 20 years after smoking cessation in those who drank ≥400 g monthly but only 10 years in those who drank less.


    - See more at: http://www.jwatch.org/jg201202100000003/2012/02/10/smoking-increases-risk-acute-pancreatitis#sthash.QmLUjv80.dpuf


    I hope this gives you some information.  You didn't ask for opinion, but I'm pretty sure there is nothing in our bodies which benefits from the effects of smoking (although I know people who are in such denial they will try to convince you otherwise).

    jhharlan

    I don’t…...
    Bob/PKB

    I knew a woman who swore smoking cured her asthma symptoms.

    Smoking goes thru the whole  body via our arteries, veins and corpuscles; and it negatively affects all our organs . It can lead to eye diseases,gum dieaseses, decayed teeth, and alztheimers, strokes, heart attacks, cancer, etc

    polishprince48

    Thank you mycatsmorr. I am aware that smoking negatively affects the circulatory system and related organs, My question more specifically is; can it exacerbate pancreas distress especially and contribute greatly to a flare up of pancreatitis?

    Oh, that's just what they say about anything to do with smoking. No reprieve for us. Pancreatic cancer is fast though, smoke or not

    Ducky

    Moderator
    Isn't that just silly? Still no evidence to support that smoking is bad for you? Say it...."I could get run over by a bus tomorrow. I have to die somehow." <sigh> Smokers...gotta love 'em. :)
    jhharlan

    Whoops! I found this after lots of searching: Tobacco use

    Smoking is one of the most important risk factors for pancreatic cancer. The risk of getting pancreatic cancer is about twice as high among smokers compared to those who have never smoked. Scientists think this may be due to cancer-causing chemicals in cigarette smoke that enter the blood and damage the pancreas. About 20% to 30% of exocrine pancreatic cancer cases are thought to be caused by cigarette smoking. Cigar and pipe smoking also increase risk, as does the use of smokeless tobacco products.
    Ducky

    Moderator
    What a team huh? :)

    Smoking inflames the pancreas. The digestive enzymes attack the inflamed pancreas making digestion difficult.



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